Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, Olympic figure skater, dies at 20

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Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, an Australian Olympic pairs’ figure skater, has died at age 20, according to the International Skating Union.

Alexandrovskaya died in Moscow, her birthplace.

Alexandrovskaya and then-partner¬†Harley Windsor¬†won the 2017 World Junior pairs’ title, then placed 18th at the PyeongChang Olympics. They split up in February.

“Words can not describe how I feel right now, I am devastated and sick to my core about the sad and sudden passing of Katia,” was posted on Windsor’s social media. “The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart. This news is something you can never prepare for. Rest In Peace Katia.”

Alexandrovskaya was introduced to Windsor in 2015, after Windsor’s Russian coach suggested he go to Moscow to find a partner.

Alexandrovskaya, a classically trained pairs’ specialist was, like Windsor, struggling to find the right partner and toying with the idea of quitting.

Alexandrovskaya applied for Australian citizenship and was granted it in October 2017, four months before the Winter Games. They became the first Australian Olympic pairs’ skaters in 20 years. Windsor became the first Indigenous Australian to compete in a Winter Olympics.

The pair competed the last two seasons on figure skating’s top-level Grand Prix Series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.